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.Our Philosophy

Access to computer science education is fundamental to participate in today’s increasingly digital world. And although the influence of technology grows daily, tech education is only accessible to a small and homogenous group.

At the Code Cooperative, we believe that providing access to computer science education to the most marginalized communities is essential to solving the world’s most complex problems. As such, we equip formerly incarcerated individuals with the skills to become not only users and consumers of technology, but also its creators.

Our program

.Program Details

Fill out our student interest form here to join our next class.
You can also text us at +1 (917) 818-0476 to sign up.

Time Commitment
10 weeks
Class takes place on Saturdays from 11am to 5pm
Optional office hours on weekday evenings

243 Canal Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10013

No cost to students
Our program is completely free
We cover transportation costs if needed
We loan laptops to our students for the duration of the program

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At the Code Cooperative, we empower our students to take part in building the solutions to the problems that affect them. All of our students design, build, and release a website that aims to address a social issue of personal importance.

Over the course of the program, our students learn valuable, practical, and applicable skills in computer literacy, technology, and programming. They work with tech professionals to build a meaningful solution to a real problem and showcase their website at the end of program Demo Day.

With the goal of building and releasing a web app, our students learn:
> Essential computer and tech literacy skills
> The fundamentals of programming, web development, and relevant technologies (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript)
> Universal and applicable skills (problem solving and self-learning)
> The role of empathy, humility, and resilience in the learning process


.Our Students

Excellence in code can come from anyone. Our ideal student is anyone who is committed and eager to learn.

Requirements for participating:
> Participants must have an email address or phone number

> No previous knowledge or skill needed
> No computer required

You should apply if:
> You are interested in learning more about computers, technology, and the Internet
> You would describe yourself as "creative" or "artistic"
> You think code "isn't for you"
> You like to build things
> You like puzzles
> You have an entrepreneurial spirit
> You are "bad at math"

.Computer Access

Access to a computer and the Internet is crucial to learning to code, so each of our students receives a laptop for the duration of the program.

.Community & Mentorship

We believe that a supportive community is essential to learning. As such, we foster a diverse, collaborative, and engaged student community and connect our students with mentors from the tech industry to develop meaningful and lasting relationships.

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